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The Blind Owl (1975)

Boof-e koor (original title)
The uncle of the young narrator enters his house unexpectedly. In order to offer him some refreshments, he goes to bring a bottle of wine. Through the crevice of the wall which happens to ... See full summary »


Kioumars Derambakhsh (as Kiumars Derambakhsh)


Kioumars Derambakhsh (as Kiumars Derambakhsh), Sadegh Hedayat (novel)




Credited cast:
Parviz Fanizadeh ... The Young Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Farshid Farshood Farshid Farshood
Novin Ghiasi Novin Ghiasi ... The Woman
Naser Nasiri Naser Nasiri
Parvin Solaymani


The uncle of the young narrator enters his house unexpectedly. In order to offer him some refreshments, he goes to bring a bottle of wine. Through the crevice of the wall which happens to be there, he sees an ethereal girl offering a lotus flower to an old man who bursts into a hair-raising laughter. Surprisingly, this is exactly the picture he keeps drawing on pen cases as a calling. He is then jolted into realities. The thought of the old man gradually begins to loom over his life and sow the seed of anxiety. The narrator embarks on a journey in search of the ethereal girl and the old man. His journey, however, takes him into a study of history and myths. The narrator comes back and realizes that his uncle has left, leaving the door agape like the mouth of a dead man. Desperately he goes out to look for the ethereal girl. But upon returning he finds the girl sitting on the front stairs. The girl enters the house as if she knows the way and lies in bed. But she is dead. In the ... Written by Ali Salami

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An audacious attempt in film-making
7 May 2006 | by salami46See all my reviews

Boofe koor or The Blind Owl is a very complicated novel and to translate it into a cinematic form requires adroit skill and keen perception on the part of the director to catch all the delicacy of this masterpiece. Yet, I believe, as an audacious attempt to cinematize this novel, the director should be congratulated. This novel is like a web of multiple meanings and the director has apparently had a great understanding of the novel. His film somewhat conveys a rather just depiction of the novel. The performances are fabulous especially that of Parviz Fanizadeh who always proved to be an able writer. Perhaps a plot of the novel may help to indicate the very grandeur of it.

The novel has never ceased to fascinate the readers although they may have never been able to understand the different layers of meanings embodied therein.

The narrator represents an intellectual in the society who looks for ideals which are no longer chained to 'this savage world.' The surrealistic ambiance of the first section contributes to the notion that the ideal world is gone for ever and the narrator wakes up only to find himself in an earthly and down-to-earth life.

His nanny represents the past ill-founded beliefs and superstitions which keep tormenting the narrator while his wife represents the fallen values of the society. Hedayat was a great enemy of traditions and traditional beliefs and this novel is an egregious attack on those values. To him, these beliefs and so-called social values should be discarded and buried so that man can live at peace with himself.

The whole novel, more like a nightmarish journey into Hades, is an internal journey in the course of which the narrator loses his ideals and degenerates into a lowly being which he always upbraids.

The influence of The Blind Owl on modern Persian fiction is so powerful that the rest of writers are at loss to escape the inevitable grip. Audacious though it may seem, Modern Persian fiction was born out of the works of a legend called Sadeq Hedayat.

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